Two portions of yesterday’s Anne Thompson 3.6 Variety column about the legacy of Bob Shaye and New Line Cinema caught my attention. One is a statement that Bob Berney‘s Picturehouse “is likely to merge with the floundering Warner Independent Pictures,” which seems to confirm suspicions that Warner Independent may be done as a stand-alone unit. (I’ve made calls about this, etc.) The other is her observation that “there was always an aura of the dysfunctional family around New Line.” I wrote about this very aspect a few days ago in my own looking-back-at-New Line article.